China built a big, beautiful wall, too - it failed

From the moment he launched his campaign for president, Mr Donald Trump has compared the barrier he wanted to build along the US southern border to China's Great Wall.

With the US government now shuttered by the standoff over funding Mr Trump's wall, both he and his Democratic opponents might want to take a closer look at the Chinese fortification - and why exactly it failed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 21, 2019, with the headline 'China built a big, beautiful wall, too - it failed'. Print Edition | Subscribe